Correct diagnosis, incorrect prescription—The Fifth Estate’s segment on pharmaceutical costs

If there are 10 people on a boat, and one falls into the ocean, do you toss that person a lifebuoy—or do you cut the lifebuoy into 10 pieces and distribute it equally?Last weekend, CBC’s The Fifth Estate cited research that one in 10 Canadians cannot afford their prescription medication. If true, this is certainly a problem that needs to be addressed—and public policy should focus on identifying and supporting this group of individuals.Unfortunately, the solutions being offered by Prof. Steve Morgan (and others) on the show—i.e. a publically funded national pharmacare plan—instead focus on subsidizing prescription medicines for everyone,

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